Gauge Description:

There is no online USGS gauge on this stream. For a reference gauge, we are using Little Red Middle Fork at Shirley. Keep in mind this may give false reads (show 'runnable' when not, show 'not runnable' when it is runnable).

Tom Kaylor offered (2007-04-16):
Use the following USGS gauges as estimation for the Salado.
Middle Fork of the Little Red at Shirley 8.0' Little Red at Judsonia 8.5' Strawberry at Poughkeepsie 3.5'
Try 8.4'-9.6' at MFLR @ Shirley + rain near Pleasant Plains for a good level.
Keep in mind that "leaf on" season will soak up water (therefore need more rain for runnable levels).

No online gauge. Look for recent 1+ inch rain in the area. Visual inspection at Hwy 167 bridge South of Batesville.

Look at the number of stones/blocks showing on the old bridge support.

10.5 stones is pretty boney

8-10 stones is good II+ fun

<8 stones getting high.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Fork of Little Red River at Shirley, AR
usgs-07075000 8.00 - 12.00 ft II(III) 00h35m 5.23 ft (too low)
gauge class Likely too low for good whitewater.
Reference gauge (M.Fk.Red, 302 sq.mi.drainage) is WAY downstream, thus will not always reflect conditions for this reach, but should provide some indication.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0.00 -8.00 ft extremely Low-barely Low II(III) gauge is important or has warning Likely too low for good whitewater.
8.00 -10.00 ft barely runnable-perfect runnable II(III) gauge is important or has warning Likely low-to-moderate flows.
10.00 -12.00 ft perfect runnable-high runnable II(III) gauge is important or has warning Likely moderate-to-high flows.
12.00 -15.00 ft somewhat High-somewhat High II(III) gauge is important or has warning Likely unusually high.
15.00 -40.00 ft somewhat High-extremely High II(III) gauge is important or has warning Likely in flood. Extreme caution urged.

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
> 10 years @Salado Creek Camp Tahkotah to US 167 (10 miles) [AR] Salado River n/a Sharon Hailey